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DARK MUSINGS
DARK MUSINGS
Item IDegyptian 1943 1022vol 25 #5 a.tif
TitleDARK MUSINGS
AuthorBy DOROTHY SYKES
Descriptiondealing with questions about race relations
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1943 October 22
Volume25
Issue5
Page(s)2
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptDARK MUSINGS

By DOROTHY SYKES

Can a Negro live next door to you?
Can a Negro eat at the restaurant in which you eat?
Can he sleep in the same hotel?
Can he sit in the same section of the theater that you sit in?
Can he even, in many instances, attend the same church or school?
If the questions seem trite and rhetorical, they merely reveal how deeply you have accepted the present situation. If you ask yourself, "But what can I do ?" the very question proves that you have accepted a Hitlerian condition.
I say that until Americans constantly and always object to, and fight against these myriad forms of humiliation against their fellow Americans, until they cease passively acquiescing in persecution, we are all guilty of persecution.
From the first the Negro has been the bitter dichotomy in American life—the ever present division between the dream, the ideal, and the fact. As Jefferson penned the words "all men are created equal, " he was haunted by the fact that those who were revolting for all mankind were keeping black mankind in chains.
The American Negro is one of the central figures in American history. The Revolution had scarce been won until agitation for Negro freedom began in an attempt to span the awful gulf between the legend of freedom and the fact of slavery.
For the eighty years between the Revolution and the Civil War, slavery was the supreme and dominant issue. Almost 1, 000, 000 men died that the Negro should have the full rights of the free-born American. And in this fight none fought so valiantly as the Negro, himself.
No race ever has fought so long or so courageously or with so much dignity, restraint, and patriotism as has the American Negro. And throughout the years the success of the American dream could always be gauged by the success of the Negro in his fight for equality. For the Negro and America are bound together, and neither can obtain happiness, Justice, or democracy without the other.
The forces that held him in slavery almost wrecked this nation in 1861. The forces then were those of reaction as are the forces that harry the Negro now and which are equally liable to wreck the country unless they are checked. For seventy-six years after the Civil War the American Negro again was a supreme test for the American nation—a test upon which its continued independency may once more depend.
The Negro is brought up to admire the goals of American life, he is asked to emulate them, but when he wants to enter shows, swimming pools and restaurants with other nationalities—he is barred. The time has come to act, to prove our faith and courage by deed, sacrifice, and achievement.
The majority of our allies are Colored people and it is up to us to prove to them, as well as to ourselves, our democratic intentions. The time to begin is not after the war is over, but NOW!
LanguageEnglish
TypeText
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